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Svetlana Anokhina

WHRD, Journalist & Editor in Chief

Svetlana Anokhina is a prominent women human rights defender, journalist, and outspoken advocate for women’s rights from Dagestan. She is the editor-in-chief of Daptar, the only online social media media outlet in the North Caucasus that focuses on women’s rights. In 2020, along with other female activists, she founded "Marem", a volunteer initiative group that aims to help women who face the threat of domestic violence or death.


HRDs are often subjected to acts of harassment, surveillance, physical attacks, threat, raids and searches on their offices and homes, slander and smear campaigns, judicial harassment, arbitrary detention, and ill-treatment, as well as violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly. There have also been cases where HRDs have been murdered as a result of their work.